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Notable & Quotable: ‘Field’
‘In solidarity with universities across the nation, our goal is not just to change language but to honor and acknowledge inclusion.’
Jan. 12, 2023 6:17 pm ET
From a Jan. 9 email to faculty, staff and students of the University of Southern California’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work:
We would like to share a change we are making . . . to ensure our use of inclusive language and practice. Specifically, we have decided to remove the term “field” from our curriculum and practice and replace it with “practicum.” This change supports anti-racist social work practice by replacing language that could be considered anti-Black or anti-immigrant in favor of inclusive language. Language can be powerful, and phrases such as “going into the field” or “field work” may have connotations for descendants of slavery and immigrant workers that are not benign. . . . In solidarity with universities across the nation, our goal is not just to change language but to honor and acknowledge inclusion and reject white supremacy, anti-immigrant and anti-blackness ideologies. . . . We are committing to further align our actions, behaviors, and practices with anti-racism and anti-oppression, which requires taking a close and critical look at our profession—our history, our biases, and our complicity in past and current injustices.
Appeared in the January 13, 2023, print edition as 'Notable & Quotable: ‘Field’'.